A Little Stumble and Review of Tumble
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by michelle @ books my kids read
8M ago
So my home is currently on day 3 of a massive power outage thanks to a little domestic terrorism. I can’t call it vandalism no matter what the reason behind it turns out to be. I’m safe and warm with family out of my county, but 33,000 people remain without heat. The community is coming together, in some ways, but the whole thing is just awful. I don’t want to focus on that, but it is allowing me to take a little time to come back to my blog. I have been reading and reviewing like crazy, but most things blog-worthy have been handwritten in a journal and there simply hasn’t been time in my life ..read more
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Sorting through the Monsters
Books My Kids Read » Realistic Fiction
by michelle @ books my kids read
8M ago
I don’t often post reviews about YA. I should probably do more. However, my daughter recently brought home the book Eliza and Her Monsters and has gushed over the fact that the main character is just like her. Talk about finding yourself in a book! I was finally able to read it myself and absolutely loved it. (Trigger warning – suicide) Eliza and Her Monsters is a story that focuses on friendships that are in person vs online. It touches on anxiety, anonymity, parental issues, and suicide, all while shining a light on the world that is fanfiction and online forums. There were times when I was ..read more
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With a Wink and a Squint
Books My Kids Read » Realistic Fiction
by michelle @ books my kids read
8M ago
It isn’t very often that you come across middle grade fiction that deals with eye problems other than blindness. I would think that it is even less often to find a book with eye problems where the main character also draws comics. Interestingly, both Wink by Rob Harrell and Squint by Chad Morris to just that. The fact that I read them only about a month apart makes the connection that much stronger. I hope that not a lot of people are suffering from the eye conditions that Ross and Flint are, but these are great books about being yourself, bullying, and the power of friendship. Wink is a mar ..read more
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Friendship, family, and faith in Recipe for Disaster
Books My Kids Read » Realistic Fiction
by michelle @ books my kids read
8M ago
It has been a really long time since I read a book in one day. But day one of vacation + an amazing middle grade book written in a mixture of styles was the perfect recipe. Aimee Lucido nailed it with Recipe for Disaster. Part of what makes this book so powerful to me has to do with Covid and what it has done to today’s generation of Bar and Bat Mitzvah kids, my own included. For those who don’t know me personally, in my “spare time” I am the director of a very small religious school. A normal year sees maybe 1 kid have a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. 2021 was supposed to be the year of 6 but only one ..read more
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Getting by with a little help from your friends
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by michelle @ books my kids read
8M ago
Rob Harrell’s Wink has been out for a while, but I finally got to it by listening to the audiobook. Everyone should read this book. While on the surface it is about a boy going through cancer treatments, as the cover says, it is about “surviving middle school with one eye open.” I don’t always agree when books get extreme love from the book community, but the praise is definitely due on this one. The story focuses on 12 year old Ross Maloy, who just wants to be a normal kid. He is used to being invisible and kind of likes it that way. While he has been able to stay under the radar, this year ..read more
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If You, Then Me
Books My Kids Read » Realistic Fiction
by michelle @ books my kids read
8M ago
We live in a world of technology. We are constantly creating data whether we realize it or not. We are creating our own personal brands every time we post to Instagram, Facebook, Tik Tok, you name it. All of this social media has infiltrated our lives, especially our teens. What many don’t realize is that we, as users, are actually the product making media companies money. We are the thing being sold. Don’t believe me? Watch the Social Network. We are all being used so much that it has become harder to know who we can trust and that 15 minutes of fame is so elusive that we are not always caref ..read more
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Starfish – a must read for 2021
Books My Kids Read » Realistic Fiction
by michelle @ books my kids read
8M ago
Please read this book! This is definitely on my best books of 2021 list and if I could have read it in one sitting, I would have. It is an important read for teen girls and their mothers. We are all important. We all have value. We are all worthy of respect. You know its a great book when I read the ARC and still go out and preorder the hardcover (March 9, 2021, Ages 10+)) Starfish is a book in verse about a girl named Ellie. Unfortunately, the world is cruel and people have taken to calling her Splash. She loves the water, a place where she can be weightless and free, but got her nickname wh ..read more
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Awesome New Middle Grade Titles
Books My Kids Read » Realistic Fiction
by michelle @ books my kids read
8M ago
I have been reading like CRAZY recently. While on one hand I would put up individual posts, I also think people really like lists to find a bunch of titles in one place. So sit back, here are some great titles that are coming out this fall! I will link to various individual, longer reviews. Thank you to NetGalley, Edelweiss, and the various publishers for making any title that hasn’t already published available. All opinions are my own. Serena Says, by Tanita S. Davis, is a great middle grade book about the way that friendships change in middle school and the power in both believing in yours ..read more
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